OU will go into 2013 without its record-setting quarterback, two of its best receivers and several of its best defenders off a defense that was a disaster anyway the second half of the season. The schedule will be unforgiving, as well.
Since the Red River Rivalry has involved Mack Brown and Bob Stoops, the team with the most rushing yards has almost always won. That could be a problem for Texas, which is ninth in rushing defense in the Big 12.
This was not supposed to be the same Oklahoma Sooners offense that fell apart without Ryan Broyles late in 2011. Turned out, the Sooners still have a ways to go, as evidenced by the poor showing against UTEP.
It doesn't seem all that long ago that Blake Bell was turning the Iowa defense into swiss cheese, Belldozer style. But today, the Sooners will turn the page on the 2011 season in earnest with the start of spring drills.